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Mayumi’s vogue talk: See Through Appeal

Don’t you think winter is unusually long this year? Winter has been wonderful but I am ready for spring now. So despite the unrelenting snow and persistent cold, I can hardly wait to talk about what to wear this spring and summer!


P.S. Before I start, I would just like to thank my ever generous and kind friend Tina for inviting us to watch the London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 runway collections! I know Pierre and I have already said this, but we enjoyed ourselves a lot so thank you. Technically, this article (my fashion ramblings really :P ) would not have been possible without you!


Last September, Pierre and I were able to spend one of our weekends at the London Fashion Week S/S 2013. It was such a great experience because the collections, besides beingobviously beautiful, were impressively innovative. I mean, many say fashion repeats itself but I would like to refute that statement by saying fashion reinvents itself instead. I was so excited to share that experience with all of you but I figured it was too early to talk spring and summer trends back then. After all, who is willing to wear sheer clothing in the blistering cold?


Anyway, see-through clothing is not new to the fashion world. As early as the 1770s, even fashionable Frenchwomen were already sporting semi-sheer silk gauze or muslin gowns! By 2006, see-through fabrics, also known as nude netting, became a staple on the runway. This 2013, designers brought back all that see-through fabric and sheer trend with unique pieces.


Some mayfind these clothes too revealing,but I think they can be classy and sexy if worn appropriately. As an example, here are some of the runway pieces that really caught my eye.



Erdem and Kristopher Kane kept the sheer trend classy and ultra feminine with pencil cutdresses and skirts, delicate detailing, and sleek updos. I love the addition of those silver gloves as seen on Erdem’s model! It is so MJ! (Michael Jackson!)



Keeping it feminine as well are Christopher Kane and Dion Lee with their knee length dresses and skirts.


For the youthful and edgy, Topshop Unique combined sheer fabric with different patterns and cutouts. Minimal accessories and unkempt hairdos completed the looks.


Temperely really raised whatever fashion bar there is with their see-through pieces! Temperely’s collection was probably my favourite because it showed the right amount of sexiness and sassiness. Using provocative and daring colours such as rich blacks, deep reds and dark blues, the clothes also focused on straight and angular lines to create unique designs.


Among the pieces in Temperely’s collection, this one was my favourite. Together with the hat, I think it would be perfect for garden gala or a dinner at the beach.



Designers from all over the world also incorporated the sheer trend in their own runway collections. Spotted in Milan, Paris, and New York Fashion Week, here are some of the best pieces on the catwalk.


If others wanted to keep their collections subdued and feminine, Akris and Giamballista Valli kept theirs alluring and seductive with bold black and red pieces.


Milan Fashion Week did not run out of unique and quirky sheer or see-through designs from Bottega Veneta and No. 21. No. 21’s ensemble is something I would not personally wear, but I just cannot stop looking at it. I love how that blue skirt compliments the oversized sheer top.


On the other side of the world, New York brands Donna Karan and Sophie Theallet show that sheer does not have to be limited to neutral or nude shades. Sheer fabrics embodied spring and summer colours.


Speaking of colours, I will be talking about the colour trends for spring in my next column! I’ll keep you folks posted.


Until next time!

Mayumi Deschanel



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